With the advent of the automobile, civilization changed greatly and at great speed. Henry Ford, the first to use the assembly line technique to build his Model T cars, also created (unbeknownst to him at the time) the precursor to scientific management and the alienation of Man from his humanity. When skill and mastery were removed from work and delineated along an assembly to many people (who need not have the skill) performing the same task repetitively over many days, months, years, Man became divorced from his own sense of accomplishment, efficacy, and benefit from the fruits of his own labor. His being was reduced to numbers and algorithms, he became quantified and thus his trajectory towards a life of drudgery and misery. Rather than the life of leisure at first thought promised to civilized Man, his life became one of automation and robotification. Empty and emotionless.
This music video is an attempt to illustrate that story.
Credits (all clips are public domain or used with permission through CC license)–
“Big Road Blues” by Tommy Johnson from Internet Archive
“American Road 2” from Prelinger Archives
“Wheels of Progress (circa 1927)” produced by U.S. Bureau of Public Roads, Department of Agriculture, Educational Film Service from Prelinger Archives
“Black Girl” by livedtap
Stock Footage filmed by NIKOtheOrb
Edited by NIKOtheOrb
Other music videos.
“Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.” ~Alan Watts
Experimental music video inspired by and based on Reality Personified.
Animations (all clips used with permission through CC license or public domain):
“We Are Now Starting Our Descent” by Nick Fox-Gieg Animation
“The Tree of Life on Acid” by Mega Zit
“The Ultimate Goal” by Tricky House
“Dance of Electricity” directed by Guy David
“Big Buck Bunny”
Music (used with permission through public domain):
“Slow Relaxing Hip Step” from Royalty Free Beats
*Image credit (at top of page): “Fractal 1” by Tambako the Jaguar
Put a little love in your heart. . .
Sunday Afternoon Drive: a new series.
This is episode one of a new series featuring video taken while on the road (style is documentary/music video kind of a feel).
Other music video here (Autumn Brewed, original song by Nancy Pontius).
All footage filmed by NIKOtheOrb.
Music, “Departure” by Steve Ferguson (used with permission under CC license).
Image, “The Love Tree” produced by CosmikSquirelSTOCK.
Music video for poem Autumn Brewed.
Collaboration with Nancy Pontius.
Poem/lyrics by NIKOtheOrb. Music created, produced and played by Nancy Pontius.
Song mixed by NIKOtheOrb using Audacity, (original track).
Other music video here (Sunday Afternoon Drive, featuring original song by Steve Ferguson).
More original songs by Nancy Pontius here.
Sounds /Effects used (all from Freesound.org):
“Singing Bowls” by juskiddink
“Wind Through Trees” by Chris Castiglione
“Morning In The Forest” by reinsamba
“Light Rain” by Jeffreys2
“Wind Chimes” by ashassin
Images Used (all from Flickr.com):
“Nature Pictures” by Forest Wander
“Big Tree” by Nietnagel
“Golden Leaves” and “Big Sky” by Simon Wu
“Rainbow Forest” by Slack12
Motion Pictures Used:
All fall foliage in forest filmed by NIKOtheOrb
Animation, “Way of the Mantis” from Internet Archive
Much thanks to Nancy for this collaboration and her wonderful work and beautiful voice.
*All images, sounds, and video used through permission granted by Creative Commons license reuse, remix, and attribution, or public domain.